President Joe Biden underwent a root canal after suffering pain in a tooth, according to memorandum from physician to the president Kevin C. O'Connor for White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
The memo explains that on Sunday Biden "identified that he was experiencing some dental pain in his lower right premolar (tooth 29)."
A root canal was determined to be the best course of action, O'Connor noted.
"Our Presidential Dental Team from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was able to perform an examination, to include x-rays, in the White House Dental Operatory. They determined that endodontic treatment (root canal) was most appropriate. Initial root canal procedure was performed at the time, with a plan for specialized endodontal follow up in the near future. The President tolerated the procedure well. There were no complications," the memo stated.
O'Connor said the root canal would be completed on Monday. "He is experiencing further discomfort this morning, which was anticipated. The endodontal specialty team from Walter Reed will complete the President's root canal today, at the White House," O'Connor noted.
According to the Associated Press, during remarks at a political fundraiser on Monday first lady Jill Biden noted that Sunday had been a "tough night."
"He was up all night in pain," she said, according to the AP. "Which of course meant, guess what? I was up all night in pain — with a different kind of pain."
Biden, who is the oldest president in American history, is seeking to be re-elected during the 2024 presidential contest. If successful, Biden would be 86 by the time he departs from office.
Former President Donald Trump, who is running for office again and currently has a large lead over the rest of the GOP presidential primary field, would be 82 at the end of his term if he were to win re-election in 2024.
Biden beat Trump during the 2020 White House race, but Americans could end up seeing a rematch between the two men in 2024.
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